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  Graduate Medical Education

Ophthalmology

Welcome to the clinical clerkship with the PCOM Department of Ophthalmology.
Program Director: David M. Ringel, D.O.
Co-Program Director: Kenneth C. Heist, D.O.
  
Course Objectives:
 
1. Gain perspectives on ophthalmic basic science & clinical ophthalmology.
2. Introduction to the key principles underlying ocular structure, function, and pathology.
3. Practical exposure to ophthalmic disease, patient care, and treatment strategies.
4. Observation of various types of ophthalmic procedures and surgery.
 
As a student you will, at your own pace, learn to take a focused ophthalmic history, examine patients, and assist with in-hospital consultations. You will also be introduced to ophthalmic surgery, including cataracts, cornea, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics. This is a "hands on" rotation and we consider our students part of the eye clinic team.
 
Our residents and attending physicians gather routinely for journal club. Activities at these meetings vary and include case discussions, journal topics, presentation of landmark research publications, and wet labs. Finally, formal lectures occur each morning at Wills Eye Institute. In addition to these formal daily lectures, there is weekly tumor conference and retina imaging conference – also at Wills. Attendance at the Wills Eye Institute conferences is not mandatory but highly recommended. You may wish to preview the lectures held during your rotation by going to www.willseye.org and clicking on the month’s bulletin under CME.  You will have the opportunity to spend a few clinic days at Wills while on rotation with us.
 
While on our service, you should be motivated to improve your skills in ophthalmic history and examination. Specifically, we want you to learn slit lamp biomicroscopy, direct ophthalmoscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy, and applanation tonometry. Towards the end of your rotation, we want you to gain enough skill to primarily assess selected outpatients.
 
We want to engage you not only clinically but academically. Therefore, the student will make one 10–15 minute presentation on the topic of his or her choice to the residents and attending physicians on service. This may be as formal as a PowerPoint lecture or as simple as a discussion with a hand-out. Either way, we just want you to learn.

Your rotation will entail a varied experience with the attendings with whom we rotate. The main preceptor will be Dr. Heist, comprehensive ophthalmologist. He is co-program director. Our other main sites are Lankenau Hospital which provides comprehensive ophthalmology, resident clinic, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, and retina.  The Moore Eye Institute provides various subspecialties including comprehensive ophthalmology, cornea, glaucoma, retina and pediatrics. There are two other resident clinics in south Philadelphia in which you may attend during your rotation.

The three-year ophthalmology residency program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine prepares residents to be confident and well-qualified in both ophthalmologic surgical procedures and ophthalmologic office practice. It is designed so that residents, through comprehensive didactic and clinical training, meet the basic requirements for board certification in ophthalmology.

During internship, the ophthalmology PGY-1 resident spends two full clinical months on the ophthalmology service and is encouraged to participate in resident clinic throughout the year.  A basic science course beginning the first year leads to observation of cases, participation in patient care and review of radiologic films. The first year resident also partakes in the introductory course and a 1 month pathology rotation held at Wills Eye along with the other residencies in the Philadelphia area.  Instrumentation study and wet lab prepare the resident to perform some surgical and laser procedures under supervision.  During the second year, residents see patients in the clinic and gain increasingly varied surgical experience with cataract, cornea and advanced anterior segment surgery, glaucoma, vitreo-retinal surgery, strabismus, blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, ectropion/entropion, lid reconstruction, and orbital surgery for fractures, thyroid disease, tumors and more. 

During the third year, residents are responsible for pre- and post-operative patient care and to expand their surgical knowledge in all the subspecialties mentioned above.  The resident performs surgeries of greater complexity and assists attending physicians on additional cases. Third-year residents are also responsible for training medical students, interns and junior ophthalmology residents in the clinics. 
 

Program Directors
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David M Ringel D.O.
Program Director PCOM Ophthalmology

Kenneth Heist, D.O.
Co-Program Director PCOM Ophthalmology

Current Residents
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Vivien Au D.O.  PGY-4 

  Vivien Au D.O. is a first year ophthalmology resident at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She graduated from Emory University with a double major in business and music. After working in public accounting, she returned to pursue a career in medicine and graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia Campus in 2011.
On her free time, she enjoys photography, music, traveling and art.
 

 


Douglas Mazzuca Jr D.O.  PGY-3

  Douglas Mazzuca Jr. D.O. is an ophthalmology intern with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Originally from Hockessin, DE, Douglas earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.  After working for a few years in construction and patent law in Washington D.C., Douglas decided to switch career paths and attend medical school.  He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012.  He is currently an Intern with PCOM and will be joining the ophthalmology residency following his internship.  Doug hopes to join his father’s ophthalmology practice after graduating.
On his free time Douglas likes skiing, playing tennis, cooking, and "going down the shore" in the summer.  

 

 Charise Chin, D.O, PGY-2

 

  

Lankenau Hospital
http://www.mainlinehealth.org/oth/Page.asp?PageID=OTH000125

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Jacqueline R. Carrasco, M.D., F.A.C.S
Residency Coordinator for Lankenau Hospital
Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery
http://www.affsdocs.com/pages/Carrasco.htm

Ralph J. DiGiovanni, Jr., M.D.
Lankenau Resident Clinic Director
Comprehensive Ophthalmology
http://balaeye.com/digiovanni.html

Hugo M. Linares, D.O.
Retina
http://www.retinaldocs.com/MeetOurDoctors/HugoMLinaresDO/tabid/21579/Default.aspx

Robert B. Penne, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery
http://www.affsdocs.com/pages/Penne.htm

Louis X Santore, M.D.
Chief of ophthalmology Lankenau Hospital
Comprehensive Ophthalmology
http://www.mainlinehealth.org/phy/Page.asp?PageID=PHY000851

Robert C Sergott, M.D.
Neuro-ophthalmology
http://www.willseye.org/doctors/robert-c-sergott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moore Eye Institute/Hospital Affiliations
http://www.mooreeye.com/
http://www.mooreeye.com/our-practice/our-doctors-staff/
http://www.crozerkeystone.org/about/hospitals-facilities/springfield/
http://www.phoenixvillehospital.com/


Cynthia Alley, M.D
Residency Coordinator for Moore Eye Institute
Pediatrics and Strabismus Surgery

Nancy Crawford, M.D.
Glaucoma
Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Leonard H. Ginsburg, M.D., C.D.E
Founder of Moore Eye
Retina

Kenneth C. Heist, D.O.
Co-Program Director
Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Ravi Patel, M.D., M.B.A.
Director of Resident Education at Moore Eye Institute
Cornea/Advanced anterior segment surgery

Deepta Rawat, M.D., M.S.
Retina

South Street and Roosevelt Blvd Clinic:

Jurij R. Bilyk M.D.
Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery
http://www.willseye.org/doctors/jurij-r-bilyk

Jennifer K. Hall M.D.
Neuro-ophthalmology
http://www.willseye.org/doctors/jennifer-k-hall


We look forward to getting to know you. Please contact us through the email address below with any questions that you may have or to set up a rotation.
 
pcomoph@gmail.com

Last Updated: 11/4/14